Small business workshop

Brooklyn Public Library is a premier resource for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, and we have events, classes, one-on-one assistance, and resources to help you find the answers that you need.

What We Do

  • Expert led events and classes on all aspects of starting, running, and growing your business.
  • Librarian led events on how to utilize all of the library’s business resources and where to look for additional help.
  • Expert led events on important business topics in English, Spanish, Russian, and Kreyol in multiple branch locations.
  • Go to our Events Calendar to see all of our upcoming business events and classes.

Meet with experienced mentors from SCORE for free, personalized business advice. Book an appointment at the Central Library by going to SCORE NYC and clicking "Find a Mentor." Mentors also take walk-in appointments if they do not have an appointment, but booking an appointment is the only way to guarantee time with a mentor. SCORE mentors are available at the Central Library in the Information Commons Meeting Room 3 on:

  • Mondays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
  • Tuesdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Wednesdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM

SCORE business mentoring is also available at the Flatbush library on the following days and times

  • Wednesdays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Free Legal Clinics from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that are offered every other month.

  • Annual business plan competition that awards finalists with seed capital and feedback from our qualified judges.
  • Separate annual business plan competition for Kreyol speakers and Haitian Americans.
  • Go to our PowerUP! page for more information.
  • Useful Subject Guides created by our business librarians. See the "Subject Guides" box on the right side of this page to see our most up to date Subject Guides.
  • Subscriptions to the leading trade magazines and business newspapers.
  • Online databases with authoritative information about your industry, competitors, or target customers.
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